Nonverbal learning disorder involves difficulty understanding nonverbal cues. Students with this condition tend to have higher verbal and receptive language abilities, but problems with social, motor and visual-spatial skills. As a result, the student has difficulty recognizing and understanding body language, tone of voice, facial expressions and other forms of nonverbal communication.
It is often difficult to diagnose nonverbal learning disorder, because it is accompanied by stronger verbal and receptive language abilities. The disorder is usually diagnosed during middle school, when learning shifts toward increasingly frequent and complex written expression, reading comprehension and the use of graphs, charts, geometry, and maps.
As with other learning challenges, nonverbal learning disability has no “cure” but can be well-managed, with coordinated help from parents, family, friends, teachers, colleagues, and others.
Some ways to help a child with nonverbal learning disability include: